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Hi everyone --
I'm still hoping to book Laura Antoniou in two weeks, and will send out a special note about her workshops. Probable dates 1/15 and 16.
We're VERY excited about the upcoming weekend with Dossie Eastoon and Barbara Carrellas, Transformative Tantra: Transgressive, Transcendent, and Transgender -- for people of every gender and orientation, but especially for those who have felt alienated by the focus of many traditional tantra classes that make you feel too queer or not binary enough. See below, and if you have questions, send them to me and I'll forward to the teachers so they can reply.
And we're very literary around here this month, with not one but TWO fabulous book launches: Simone Corday's Mitchell Bros. memoir on 1/19, and Stephen Elliott's new project, Sex for America, on 1/31. Not only that, Perverts Put Out is tomorrow! C'mon, a little rain doesn't scare you, does it? But do travel safely.
xoxox--CQ and the Center for Sex & Culture
Events with a *star are now to this newsletter.
In this newsletter:
Perverts Put Out! 1/5/08
Ask the Doctors: Roleplay & Fantasy 1/10
The SF Jacks 1/14 and 1/28
Sizzle at Femina Potens 1/17
Simone Corday Bookparty for her Mitchell Bros. memoir 9 1/2 Years Behind the Green Door -- 1/19
*Holistic Tips for Great Faggot Sex -- 1/22
*Danielle and Celeste Men's Workshop -- 1/27
*Cunts for Fags -- 1/30
*Sex for America (ed. Stephen Elliott) Bookparty -- 1/31
*Transformative Tantra Intro Evening -- 2/1
*Transformative Tantra: Transgressive, Transcendent, and Transgender -- 2/2 and 3
SAVE THE DATE! More detail next time.
OTHER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
*GV giftcard for sale
Hot Draw! for men at Mark I. Chester's -- Jan. 11 and 25
New Writing Ourselves Whole workshops with Jen Cross -- January '08
Cleo Dubois' Academy of SM Arts Winter Weekend Intensives
Sexological Bodywork Certification Training
Saturday, 1/5/08, 7:30 -- PERVERTS PUT OUT
Perverts Put Out -- The Hangover Edition!
Holidays got you down? Need a bit of the hair of the dog? Something naughty to make up for the endless admonitions to be nice? Then join us for the first Perverts Put Out of the new year -- the sexiest, perviest, most hungover spoken word smut salon ever!
Whether it's foot fetish fiction, true-life sex worker tales, reviews of bad sex toys, or cut-up pornographic poetry, it's always easy going down.
Performers will include Trebor Healey, Gina De Vries, horehound stillpoint, Lori Selke, and Mattilda aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore. Emcees are the fabulous Simon Sheppard and Carol Queen.
When: Saturday, January 5, 2008, 7:30 pm.
Where: CounterPULSE!, 1310 Mission St., SF
How much: $10-15 sliding scale to benefit the Center for
Sex and Culture. No-one turned away for lack of funds.
Keep track of this and other shows at: http://simonsheppard.com/pervertsputout.html
Please feel free to forward and/or repost!
Thursday, 1/10, 7 pm -- ASK THE DOCTORS: Roleplay and Fantasy
Carol and Robert talk about roleplay at Good Vibes' Valencia St. store --more detail at http://www.goodvibes.com/Content--Events
Monday, 1/14, 7:30-8:30 door -- the SF JACKS
For more about this fellowship of men who like to j/o in the company of other like-minded men, visit http://www.sfjacks.com/ Also on 1/28.
Thursday, 1/17, 7 pm -- SIZZLE
"SIZZLE": A Cake and Kink Literary Event
Readings by Laura Antoniou, Midori, and Carol Queen
Thursday, January 17th @ 7:00 pm
Doors/Open-Mic Sign-Up: 6:30 pm
$10-$15 ($5 open mic performers) for a night of desert, wine, SM discussions and hot readings.
Femina Potens Gallery & Performance Space (NEW LOCATION!)
2199 Market Street @ Sanchez
San Francisco , CA 94114
(415) 217-9340 email@example.com
Laura Antoniou has been writing erotica for over 20 years, when her day job permits her the time. Laura is best known these days for her " Marketplace" series of novels, but back in the beginning, when pickings for good and readable porn was slim, Laura created the groundbreaking "Leatherwomen" anthologies, and edited several others. Some of the work she created for those anthologies are reprinted in The Catalyst and Other Tales. Laura's work has been published in the United States, Germany, Japan, and Korea, to international acclaim. Her short stories and non-fiction essays also appear in other anthologies, a full listing of which can be found at Books .
Midori is a highly acclaimed writer and lecturer on a wide range of sexual topics.
Midori has a degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and vast indispensable experience as a pioneering San Francisco sex educator. A regular advice columnist for Men's Health, Midori has appeared on HBO and BBC, and has been featured in Vogue, Playboy, Der Spiegel, Cosmo and more. Multifaceted, she is a skilled photographer, artist in Japanese rope, presenting to art institutions such as Tanzquartier, Vienna and Das Arts in Amsterdam. She's the author of bestselling books "The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage" and "Wild Side Sex".
Learn more about her projects at www.PlanetMidori.com
Carol Queen is a San Francisco-based writer, speaker, educator, and activist with a doctorate in sexology. She is a worker/owner at Good Vibrations and the co-founder of the non-profit Center for Sex and Culture. Queen writes explicit fiction and memoir, critical essays, cultural reviews, and sex advice columns. She has performed in San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Seattle, and Minneapolis, and continues to read at conferences and spoken word events. An early activist, in 1975 she founded GAYouth, one of the nation's first LGBT youth groups.
Femina Potens is a nationally-recognized art gallery and performance space dedicated to the advancement of women and transgendered artists since 2001.
Saturday, 1/19, 8 pm -- SIMONE CORDAY BOOKPARTY: 9 1/2 Years Behind the Green Door -- A Mitchell Brothers memoir
Simone Corday's just-released, compulsively readable memoir will be available -- and celebrated! -- at this fun book event. With refreshments, a reading, and a special Green Door experience --
It's the 80's, just before the advent of AIDS, and we are behind the scenes at the entrancing Mitchell Brothers' O'Farrell Theater, which Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson has declared to be "the Carnegie Hall of public sex in America." The theater and its steamy live shows are a countercultural venue for celebrities in entertainment and sports, and for San Francisco politicians and journalists. They are drawn by the beautiful strippers and the backroom hospitality of their outrageous porn king hosts, Artie and Jim Mitchell--who directed the groundbreaking porn film, Behind the Green Door, starring Marilyn Chambers.
Simone Corday, who danced at the O'Farrell and was a girlfriend of the late Artie Mitchell for nearly a decade, shares her unique story and her insights. She is the only woman insider to write about this insular but captivating world during this period, when she was close to the impulsive Mitchells, and a friend of the O'Farrell's honorary Night Manager, Hunter Thompson. Corday's unusual background -- she has an MA in English -- along with her honesty, irreverent sense of humor, and keen focus as an observer, make this a delicious expose.
Corday gives vivid accounts of three Mitchell Brothers' films she took part in, including the disastrous Behind the Green Door, the Sequel, a grandiose safe-sex epic with characters from Greek mythology, and their documentary on Hunter Thompson, titled The Crazy Never Die. She shares memories of her unconventional, passionate relationship with "Party Artie" Mitchell. His affectionate personal and domestic side, along with his love for his children, are remembered fondly. His taste for cocaine and advancing alcoholism--that led him to disappear on binges with a succession of young dancers--is also recaptured, as well as his volatile temper, his impish sense of fun, and his charismatic, macho persona.
Corday sheds light on Jim Mitchell's motives for shooting Art to death, and on the murder trial that follows. She reflects on her experience in the sex industry, and on her relationship with a notorious club owner. From the fun she had performing in the O'Farrell's spotlight as the theater's nemesis, then-San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein, to her heartbreak visiting Artie's grave a few short years later, this is a sensational ride.
At CSC, 1519 Mission
*Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 7:30-9:30 pm -- HOLISTIC TIPS FOR GREAT FAGGOT SEX!
With Heron Saline
Center for Sex and Culture:1519 Mission @ 11th in SF
This new class smorgasbords five areas of Holistic Health and how they can contribute to easier, hotter, and more fun sex! Included are juicy and easy to learn and apply tidbits from Breathwork, Muscle Contraction/Release, Erotic Hypnosis, Herbology, and Massage. Come learn some basics for effectively *working* your body and mind as you play with the boys:
*relax and open orifices at will
*give and receive greater pleasure
*charge your body for increased sensitivity to sensation
*clear and direct your thoughts to the experience you want
*includes Heron's recipe for "Cocksucker's Herb Tea"!!!
all in a fun, relaxed, two hour intro workshop. Great to attend with a partner or as a single person! Go home with new pointers and techniques to amp up your sensual life in 2008!
*Sunday, January 27, 9:30-5:30 -- BECOME AN EXTRAORDINARY LOVER: For Men who love Women (level 1)
Have you ever dreamed of being with a woman who is hot, inviting and generous with her sexuality, who screams when she orgasms and wants more and more? Every woman has this capacity, but it takes a confident, erotically powerful and skilled lover to bring out her full sexual potential. In this one-day workshop, Celeste & Danielle teach you everything you need to know to take any woman to the heights of ecstasy. This is your chance to get research-based information from highly skilled and educated sex experts in a small, intimate setting. You will get real-time, individual attention, feedback, transformational coaching and hands-on practice.
In this workshop, you will learn everything you need to know to become a truly extraordinary lover, including:
The 7 essential qualities that all extraordinary lovers possess
Coming to every sexual encounter from a place of relaxation, playfulness and comfort
How to give her the best sex of her life before you even take your pants off
An experiential tour of the clitoris and women's orgasms
Conveying sexual confidence to women by emitting true sexual energy
What women really mean when they say words like "seduction" and "intimacy"
How to demonstrate your sexual expertise with the very first kiss
Getting in touch with your own pleasure to help her connect with her deepest desires and pleasures
How sexual confidence and satisfaction can enhance every aspect of your life
Sunday January 27th, 9:30-5:30, in San Francisco's Center for Sex and Culture. Tuition is $495.
To register go to http://www.celesteanddanielle.com/workshopMen.html .
*Wednesday, January 30, 7:30 pm -- CUNTS FOR FAGS
demystifying the innies of the genital world
a detailed introduction to the vulva geared towards gay men
$5-$20 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds
18+ -- People of all genders and orientations welcome
Queer presenters, live models, a safe space to ask questions... this workshop is the perfect opportunity for gay men to learn about vulvas, vaginas, clits, cunts, g-spots, inny-holes, bonus holes, cooters, tranny boners, clit boners, or whatever you call yours.
Whats a vulva? What does it look like? Whats a hymen? Is anal sex fun without a prostate? Whats up with the g-spot? What does it feel like? Why do lesbians love hands? What is female ejaculation? How does it work? Whats with the bleeding? How do orgasms work? Whats a clitoris? Is friction ever good? Whats a cervix? Does size matter? Is lube necessary? What shape is a vagina? What makes clits happy? How does arousal happen? Does licking the alphabet work? What makes it wet? Is there a taint? Is it fun? Is there a difference between a clitoral and a vaginal orgasm? What kind of lube is best for vaginas? What makes these genitals happy?
For questions and to enroll, email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Thursday, January 31, 8 pm -- SEX FOR AMERICA Bookparty
CSC celebrates local lit-scene star Stephen Elliott's newest, the anthology Sex for America: Politically Inspired Erotica. Publisher HarperCollins, which releases the book on January 29, says: "Sex for America takes us to the intersection of our desires and our political beliefs. These provocative stories by some of today's best writers, including Anthony Swofford, Jerry Stahl, Rick Moody, and Jonathan Ames, will inspire new discussions of sexual freedom and fascination. A surprising encounter between a lesbian and a young man shipping off to war, a liberal Hill staffer falling for the wife of a Republican senator, and Dick Cheney's duck hunt accident as jilted lover's revenge. See your government—and your most recent sex partners—as you've never seen them before."
CSC's bookparty for Sex for America includes readings from editor Elliott (author of Happy Baby and My Girlfriend Comes into the City and Beats Me Up) and some of the anthology's other local talent, which includes Michelle Tea, Charlie Anders, Daphne Gottlieb, and Michelle Richmond; Mariel a la Mode will do a singing burlesque, and olympic gold medalist Catharine Fox adds a circus peformance to the festivities.
$10.00 at the door; event commences at 8 pm.
*Friday, February 1, 7-10 pm: TRANSFORMATIVE TANTRA INTRODUCTORY EVENING
Transformative Tantra Introductory Evening
Friday, February 1, 2008
7 - 10 PM at the Center for Sex and Culture
$25 per person
Meet the authors Barbara Carrellas and Dossie Easton for an evening of chat and some experimental journeys in breath and consciousness. Get a taste of the weekend to come, satisfy your curiosity about Tantra and other energy-focused sexual paths, and discover how Tantra can help you unleash some unique abilities within yourself. Persons who have no experience in Tantra who intend to attend the full weekend are particularly encouraged to attend this evening, but all are welcome to join us for a taste of Tantra.
*Saturday and Sunday, February 2nd and 3rd, 2008, 10 AM to 5 PM -- TRANSFORMATIVE TANTRA: Transgressive, Transcendent, and Transgender
Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco
Barbara Carrellas, author of Urban Tantra and Dossie Easton, co-author of Radical Ecstasy and The Ethical Slut, join forces to explode the myths and embrace the power of SM, gender journeying and Tantra.
If you are curious about the ecstatic possibilities of Tantra and other energy-focused sexual paths, but have felt too queer, too gender-queer, too kinky, too slutty, or too down-to-earth to feel comfortable in traditional Tantra groups, you'll love this weekend-facilitated by two women who have spent their entire adult lives exploring perverted paths to ecstasy. Persons of all genders and lovers of all stripes are welcome.
What is/are your gender(s)? Your partners' gender(s)? Do you really have to choose only one? We'll look at what gender is and what it isn't, and then find new ways to express it, pervert it and play with it. Next, we'll explore sexual energy as a physical force that you can activate, build, shape, and ride to amplify all your erotic encounters. We'll end our first day with a shared journey, as we intertwine our experience of masculine and feminine and both and neither into a big ecstatic circle of breath.
On Sunday, we'll explore the different elements and styles of energy-sharing and power exchange in sexual relationships. Using techniques from Tantra and BDSM, and the occasional bit of rope, we'll experiment with consciously polarizing and uniting opposites: active and receptive, masculine and feminine, power and helplessness. Is it true that the further apart we polarize our roles, the hotter the spark that bridges the gap? Let's find out!
All genders, sexual preferences and orientations are welcome.
To register or for more info contact email@example.com or 415-255-1155. The full weekend workshop is available for $395 per person, early bird special of $360 if you reserve before January 15th. CSC can take Visa, MasterCArd and Discover.
Dossie Easton, a long time player on the San Francisco S/M scene and well-known killer bottom, is co-author with Janet Hardy of The Ethical Slut, a guide to infinite sexual possibilities as well as The New Bottoming Book and The New Topping Book, When Someone You Love Is Kinky, a book designed to give to outsiders to inform them about our lifestyle, and most recently, Radical Ecstasy: SM Journeys to Transcendence. She is a licensed psychotherapist working with individuals, couples and more in her private practice, with a particular interest in how SM journeys into Shadow can bring old wounds into the healing light of consciousness and and give them a shot of life force in the form of good hot sex. You can check out her website at www.dossieeaston.com.
Barbara Carrellas is the author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century and Luxurious Loving: Tantric Inspirations for Passion and Pleasure. She is the founder of Urban Tantra, an approach to sacred sexuality that adapts and blends conscious sexuality practices from Tantra to S/M, and the cofounder of Erotic Awakening, a pioneering series of workshops focusing on the physical, spiritual and healing powers of sex. Barbara was named Best Tantric Sex Seminar Leader in New York City by Time Out/NY Magazine for her Urban Tantra workshops. Barbara has been featured in the videos Selfloving, The Sluts & Goddesses Video Video Workshop, Zen Pussy, Annie Sprinkle's Amazing World of Orgasm, in the film Sacred Sex and in several episodes of the HBO television special Real Sex. Barbara frequently lectures, performs and facilitates workshops with her partner, author and gender outlaw , Kate Bornstein. www.barbaracarrellas.com, www.urbantantra.org.
*Monday, February 4, 7 pm -- ADVANCED NUDE YOGAPLAY FOR MEN
Advanced Nude YogaPlay is for men with yoga experience and is scheduled for Monday evenings in Room 1 at 7 pm at the CSC, 1519 Mission (at 11th) -MUNI/BART: Civic Center/Van Ness stations) in San Francisco the FIRST Monday of each month, holiday weekends excepted.
Sessions last approximately 80 minutes, and feature classic
partner-oriented yoga poses with a focus on kundalini breath and
intention..sessions are $20 each (NOTAFLOF), and mats are available
for rental, as well ($5). RSVPs are ESSENTIAL to gain entry into this
class: firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.505.8980
Additional programs and events are scheduled during the year, and will be posted here and elsewhere.
SAVE THE DATE! More detail next time.
Ruby Pearl Art Workshops in January 08!
Week of 1/13 -- LAURA ANTONIOU (The Marketplace series) visits!
Erotic Reading Circle -- 1/23
Couple's Erotic Massage 2/14/08
Men's Workshop with Ed Ehrgott -- 2/16 and 17, '08
Heron Saline on Erotic Hypnosis -- 2/20/08
*****OTHER EVENTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS OF INTEREST:*****
Want to buy a GV giftcard from a dildo-buyer whose eyes were... oh, you know... ?
She says: do you guys know anyone who wants to buy my $100-ish [108? 112?] GV credit off me? i purchased something, but had to return it. so, i have a refund credit. i thought if anyone would know someone who was about to buy a hundred-dollar sex toy at GV, it would be you guys. i'd even give them a slight discount [$100 for around $110 card].
email us back if interested, I'll put you in touch --CQ
Friday, Jan 11th - 7:15pm-10:00pm - Hot Draw!
Friday, Jan 25th - 7:15pm-10:00pm - Hot Draw!
Hot Draw! is a drop-in erotic leather/fetish drawing group for gay men hosted by Mark I Chester at his studio at 1229 Folsom St. in SF. Open to sketchers of all skill levels. Friendly, open and non-competitive. Poses include fetish gear, leather, bondage and eroticism. Call 415-621-6294 for reservation. http://markichester.com/hotdraw for more info and galleries.
Winter 2008 Workshops with
Writing Ourselves Whole
Registration is now open for the Winter workshop sessions. Please contact me if you would like to learn more about any of the following special-topic writing groups -- or to reserve your space!
Mixed Declaring Our Erotic: January 8 - March 4, 2008 (no meeting Feb 5). This Tuesday evening workshop is open to folks of all sexualities and all genders!
Women Declaring Our Erotic: January 9 - March 5, 2008 (no meeting Feb 6). Our Wednesday morning DOE workshop is open to all women.
Write Whole - Survivors Write: January 7 - March 3, 2008 (no meeting Feb 4). This workshop meets on Monday evenings, and is open to all women survivors of sexual trauma.
Remember: Both "women" and "survivor" are intended to be self defined.
Eight-week workshops are held at an accessible and BART-friendly location in downtown San Francisco. To register, contact me at jennifer (at) writingourselveswhole (dot) org. For more information, visit: writingourselveswhole(dot)org.
Please sign up early -- and help spread the word! Thank you, and I look forward to writing with you in 2008
Cleo Dubois' Academy of SM Arts Winter Weekend Intensives:
The Erotic Dominance Weekend Intensive for Dominant Men & Men Who Switch
February 9-10, 2008 at the SF Citadel in San Francisco
Hands on Training! Class limited to 9!
Dominate with presence and passion!
Teachers: Cleo Dubois and Eve Minax, with the assistance of Selina Raven
The Erotic Dominance Weekend Intensive for Dominant Women & Women Who Switch
April 5-6, 2008 at the SF Citadel in San Francisco
Hands on Training! Class limited to 9!
Gain the confidence you need to make your scenes soar!
Teachers: Cleo Dubois and Eve Minax, with the assistance of Selina Raven
Please email your applications to me today at CleoDubois@sm-arts.com
Sexological Bodywork Certification Training
You too can be a Somatic Sex Educator!
Become part of a cutting-edge profession that uses hands-on teaching to assist individuals, couples and groups in discovering their sexual potential, experiencing sexual healing, and expanding pleasure in their bodies and their lives! Certified Sexological Bodyworkers incorporate breathwork, touch, erotic bodywork, and masturbation coaching to increase sexual pleasure and embodiment, which are the basis for overall health and well-being. This certification is approved by the State of California and the professional, experiential training course at The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality can be part of a master's or doctoral program.
Expand on your skills as a bodyworker into the realm of sexuality. As trained sexologists, you will be able to offer experiential learning opportunities that consciously access educational erotic states to support people in their sexual healing and expansion.
This course can also be extremely beneficial to therapists and practitioners who cannot offer hands-on work. It teaches embodied empathy - a form of learned intuition that helps you read client's comfort in their body, understand their emotions and helps you quickly and holistically assess what kinds of treatments are necessary. It will also teach you to lead group experiences and workshops and offer ideas for client homework.
This training is a half-trimester, 150-hour course. Students participate in six weeks of home study before attending 100 classroom hours in a two-week intensive format. Upon completion, students will receive a Certificate in Sexological Bodywork.
Dates for the 2008 professional trainings at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in SF.
Course Dates: January 18 – March 16, 2008.
Course Dates: June 21 - August 17, 2008.
The tuition for this half trimester course is $2995.
Contact Dr. Danielle Harel or Celeste Hirschman, M.A. at email@example.com to arrange for an interview.
You can learn more about Danielle and Celeste at www.celesteanddanielle.com
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